Can you recommend any cameras similar to Canon A70?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by jjmoreta, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. jjmoreta

    jjmoreta Guest

    My husband and I are shopping around for our first digital camera. We're
    amateurs, but not completely confused about technology and I would like the
    opportunity to own a camera that would help me learn some things beyond
    point-and-shoot. The only digital camera experience we have is some
    extended use of a Sony Mavica 71(? - its under 1MP) that my father purchased
    a few years back. We want something that will last us at least a good 3
    years or so and we want as much quality as we can afford under the
    circumstances (why bother taking pictures if they're going to turn out bad).

    The first consideration we have is the budget. We really can't go much
    beyond $300 for the camera itself (with full knowledge that batteries,
    storage, etc will be extra of course). Next, we considered what minimum
    requirements we needed, and this is what we came up with:

    Minimum of 3MP (in case we ever want a halfway decent 8x10)
    Minimum of 3X optical zoom
    Short shutter delay (in comparison to the Mavica anyways which shouldn't be
    Movie mode WITH audio (decent quality hopefully with at least 30 sec/size of
    storage capability)

    With the help of, I was able to take a list of
    cameras that someone suggested to me and evaluate them. From what I've
    read, the Canon A70 is everything in a camera that we'll need (we especially
    like the long battery life), although I need to physically handle it before
    I will make up my mind. It is on the pricy end of our budget, but I am not
    willing to settle for the A60 and it seems to meet my minimum needs
    perfectly (and sadly we don't have enough to get the A80). But because of
    the cost, I also want to find some more models to judge against, which is
    difficult to do considering there are so many out there. I tried using the
    search feature on, but I've had more luck asking for

    Can anyone recommend any other similar (but not more expensive) models that
    I should check into before I make my final decision? Does anyone have
    anything else I should consider about the A70 (the Canon forums at dpreview
    are rather busy and the search function considers just A70 as too broad of a

    Here's some models that we've rejected already:

    Fuji FinePix A303 - no audio with the video (MAJOR point with us)
    Fuji FinePix 3800 - no audio with the video
    Kodak Easyshare DX6330/40 - reviews say images may be fuzzy, complaints
    about Kodak quality on many camera models
    Nikon Coolpix 3100 - no audio with video
    Olympus D-560 - no audio with video
    Pentax Optio 33L - reviews say there may be problems with low light shots,
    many complaints about the LCD

    Thanks in advance for any

    - Joanne
    jjmoreta, Oct 29, 2003
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  2. jjmoreta

    Ralph Guest

    The Fuji FinePix 3800 does have audio.
    The S3000 model appears to be the same camera without audio.
    Ralph, Oct 29, 2003
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  3. jjmoreta

    DHB Guest

    Good luck finding a better all around point-n-shoot digital camera than
    the Canon Powershot A70 for $300 or less with all of the features you want.

    In general Compact Flash memory cards are about the most memory for the
    cost (prices of other types are dropping too) which will save you money over
    the long run as will the readily available AA NiMH rechargeable batteries it
    takes. Considering that the holiday season is not too far away & both the
    A70 & the A80 may be going on sale both locally & via reputable internet
    merchants, so you may save if you can wait & shop around.

    Just checked the latest prices of both the A70 & the A80 & both have
    already dropped from $300 & $400 down to $280 & $380 respectively at my
    favorite Internet merchant. If your interested, I'll post the link but I
    generally try not to advocate 1 merchant over another because this is a very
    subjective choice. Just like buying a car from this or that dealer, there
    are pleased & displeased customers for them all.

    The biggest selling point for the A70 which I own & am very pleased
    with, is the manual feature set which you may want to use as you learn more
    about digital cameras. The A70 has lot's of user selectable features "IF"
    you ever decide to use any of them & if not, set it to full auto & enjoy it.

    Just my 2 cents worth, hope it has some value to you.

    Respectfully, DHB
    DHB, Oct 30, 2003
  4. jjmoreta

    Omega Guest

    Yes, I second that. The Finepix-3800 has audio and can record a 40 second
    movie. It also has voice memo and a huge 6X optical zoom lense. It takes
    sharp images (in sunshine) and at night with a tripod, it also has many more
    useful options. Plus it feels and looks like a real DSLR camera. Can not be
    beaten for under $300-
    Omega, Oct 30, 2003
  5. jjmoreta

    jjmoreta Guest

    Thank you! I'll stop by BB tonight when I'm in town. I need to check out
    physical models anyways.

    - Joanne
    jjmoreta, Oct 30, 2003
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    You might want to look at the Minolta S414. I have the nearly identical S404.
    On the plus side, the S414 is 4MP and has a 4X optical zoom (about 35-140 in
    35mm equivalency). On the minus side, its a bit bigger and heavier and uses
    batteries pretty quickly (with screen always on - compared to some newer
    designs). On the plus side, again, the S414 takes AA batteries and Compact
    Flash memory cards, so batteries and memory are relatively cheap and

    Dan (Woj...) dmaster (at) lucent (dot) com

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    Dan Wojciechowski, Nov 6, 2003
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